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Barnes confident he has the skills to claim first pro title

PADDY Barnes believes his greater skills will be the deciding factor when he tackles Silvio Olteanu at the Waterfront Hall tomorrow night. It may only be the North Belfast man’s third professional contest, but his vast experience of amateur boxing at the elite level has given him the confidence that he can break into the […]

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McGettigan’s charges hoping to chop down Oak Leafers

WHILE the Ulster Senior Football Championship started off with something of a whimper, the Minor Championship has produced a series of thrilling encounters. Antrim’s dramatic extra-time victory over defending provincial champions, Donegal was among the pick of the first round games and the Saffrons will be aiming to repeat their heroics when they take on […]

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Fitzsimons backs call for ‘B’ Championship

AS the gap between the elite teams and the chasing pack in Gaelic football continues to widen, Antrim senior football manager Frank Fitzsimons feels the option of introducing some form of a tiered system to the Championship must be explored. Antrim exited the Ulster Championship at the hands of Donegal, suffering a 16-point defeat in […]

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Barnes braced for first major test of pro career

PADDY Barnes insists he is ready for what he concedes is a big step up in class when he takes on Romanian Silvio Olteanu in his first 10-round bout for the vacant WBO European flyweight title. After two fairly forgettable outings, Barnes will be hoping his fledgling pro career takes off at the Waterfront Hall on […]

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‘Hylo’ scores stunning victory

PAUL Hyland Jnr grabbed his big chance with both hands as he claimed the IBF lightweight title with a stunning first-round stoppage win over Adam Dingsdale. The Lagmore man forged a reputation for being in all-action dust-ups, but on Saturday at the SSE Arena, Dingsdale wasn’t afforded the opportunity to fight fire with fire as […]

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Tennyson enters world rankings with thrilling win

JAMES Tennyson burst into the world rankings on Saturday night at the SSE Arena as he forced Ryan Doyle to be pulled out after six rounds of the WBA International super-featherweight title fight. This was a highly entertaining scrap that came alive from the opening bell with both men planting their feet and letting solid […]

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